Though we are just one week into training camp, we have already seen a number of players stand out and some that have planted themselves firmly on the bubble with mediocre performances throughout the early part of camp.
To predict the entire 53-man roster, I'll place each member in one of four categories and assemble a final projected depth chart based on those projections.
Locks—Players That Are Almost Certainly Going to Make The Roster (40)
Running back: Chris Johnson, Javon Ringer
Wide Receiver: Nate Washington, Damian Williams, Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, Lavelle Hawkins
Tight End: Jared Cook, Craig Stevens, Taylor Thompson
Offensive Line: Michael Roos, David Stewart, Leroy Harris, Steve Hutchinson, Fernando Velasco, Kevin Matthews
Defensive End: Derrick Morgan, Kamerion Wimbley, Dave Ball, Pannel Egboh
Defensive Tackle: Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, Mike Martin
Linebacker: Akeem Ayers, Colin McCarthy, Will Witherspoon, Zach Brown, Gerald McRath
Cornerback: Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Tommie Campbell, Coty Sensebaugh, Chris Hawkins
Safety: Michael Griffin, Jordan Babineaux, Robert Johnson
Kicker: Rob Bironas
Punter: Brett Kern
Likely to Make the Roster—While Not Guaranteed a Roster Spot, These Players Are in a Great Position to Make the Team (7)
Quarterback: Rusty Smith
Running Back: Jamie Harper
Wide Receiver: Mike Mariani
Offensive Line: Byron Stingley
Defensive Tackle: Sen'Derrick Marks
Linebacker: Tim Shaw, Patrick Bailey
Bubble Players—Assuming the Above 47 Players Make the Roster, That Leaves Just 6 Open spots for the Above Players
Fullback: Collin Mooney, Quinn Johnson
Tight End: Cameron Graham
Offensive Line: William Vlachos, Chris Morris, Mike Otto, Ryan Durand, Troy Kropog
Defensive Line: Malcolm Sheppard, Shaun Smith, Da'John Harris
Cornerback: Ryan Mouton
Safety: Markelle Martin
Of the bubble players, it is expected that one fullback, either Collin Mooney and Quinn Johnson, will make the roster, leaving five roster spots for the remaining 10 players.
Markelle Martin is likely to be placed on the PUP list, or possibly IR, thus eliminating him from the consideration.
With seven offensive linemen currently on the roster on a team that typically carries nine, it is likely that the Titans will look to slip Vlachos on the practice squad while attempting to hold onto at least one more backup offensive tackle, likely former fourth-round pick Troy Kropog.
On the defensive side of the ball, Tennessee is left with three roster spots. Da'John Harris, like Vlachos on offense, is an undrafted free agent that will likely be moved to the practice squad as a potential future project for the coaching staff. This would allow Sheppard, Smith and Mouton to potentially sneak onto the roster.
With all of the above said, teams oftentimes cut down to 51 players in the hopes of adding a couple players off of the waiver wire following the final cut day. This would leave one of the defensive linemen and offensive linemen likely on the outside looking in when it comes to making the final roster.
Projected Week 1 Roster/Depth Chart
Quarterback (3): Jake Locker, Matt Hasselbeck, Rusty Smith
Running back (3): Chris Johnson, Javon Ringer, Jamie Harper
Fullback (1): Collin Mooney
Wide Receivers (6): Nate Washington, Damian Williams, Kendall Wright, Kenny Britt, Lavelle Hawkins, Marc Mariani
Tight End (3): Jared Cook, Craig Stevens, Taylor Thompson
Offensive Linemen (8): Michael Roos, Steve Hutchinson, Fernando Velasco, Leroy Harris, David Stewart, Kevin Matthews, Byron Stingley, Troy Kropog
Defensive Linemen (10): Kamerion Wimbley, Derrick Morgan, Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, Mike Martin, Pannel Egboh, Dave Ball, Shaun Smith, Sen'Derrick Marks, Malcolm Sheppard
Linebackers (7): Akeem Ayers, Colin McCarthy, Will Witherspoon, Zach Brown, Tim Shaw, Patrick Bailey, Gerald McRath
Cornerbacks (6): Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Tommie Campbell, Chris Hawkins, Coty Sensebaugh, Ryan Mouton
Safeties (3): Michael Griffin, Jordan Babineaux, Robert Johnson
Specialists (3): Rob Bironas, Brett Kern, Beau Brinkley
If there are any questions about my predictions or anything else in the article, either hit me up on twitter @QuinnCretton or post in the comments section and I will get back to you as quick as possible.
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